As a human, you have most likely felt shame to some degree. Although it is a normal human protective emotion to keep us safe on a societal level, shame can become toxic when it persists and when we internalize the critical narrative from that shame.

Toxic shame shows up in many ways, however, the way it shows up physiologically is understood the least, but the most telling. From posture, dilated pupils, tense muscles, to inflammation in the body, headaches, and diseases, it is possible to visibly see shame on a person’s body. This is a result of the body protecting itself, and there is no shame in that.

However once it becomes maladaptive, and absolute “I am” statements start becoming permanent fixtures in rumination, one’s perception of self shifts, which can eventually cause serious mental and physical health issues.

On today’s episode, we discuss how toxic shame differs from regular shame, how toxic shame shows up, what happens in the body when it does, where toxic shame originates from, how shame and pleasure shows up in those with a history of childhood sexual abuse, and what you can do to recognize and repattern toxic shame with Neuro-Somatic Coaching.

Just as toxic shame is developed, it can be undeveloped, by learning how to recognize when and how it shows up in the body, then repatterning the neural pathways in real time using NSI tools, and allowing repressed emotions to mobilize.

This episode is filled with knowledge and insight you don’t want to miss.

Topics discussed in this episode:  
The difference between guilt and shame
Difference between regular shame and toxic shame
How toxic shame affects posture
How shame is a protective response
What is shame inflammation and its correlation to disease states?
Why mobilizing the body is crucial to process emotions
What is emotional attunement?
Overcoupling of shame and pleasure in the case of childhood sexual abuse
The types of body boundary violations
What to do if you are having a toxic shame response?
Why it’s important for practitioners to understand when a client is in a shame response
Repattering shame in real time    

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